Obituary Column

Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church
3901 North Star Road
Richardson, Texas 75082
(972) 238-8103

Thursday, June 7, 2018 10:28 AM

Betty Clements (1935 - 2018)

Thursday, June 7, 2018 10:28 AM
Thursday, June 7, 2018 10:28 AM

Elizabeth “Betty” Arthur Clements, 82, of Greenville, South Carolina, passed away Tuesday May 29, 2018. Born in Newton, Maryland, on July 12, 1935, to parents W. Albert and Virginia Hunt Arthur, she was raised in nearby Bedford. Betty relocated with her family to Tenafly, New Jersey, where she graduated from Tenafly High School.  After receiving a degree from Keuka College, she married James J. Bayley and relocated to upstate New York. In the wooded suburbs of Rochester she lovingly raised her two boys.

Her later years were spent in Dallas, Texas, where she enjoyed over 30 years in a successful career as a high producing residential realtor. She was an active member of Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder and was a member of the Martha Circle.  She was one of the founding members of the Singles’ group and was very active in it.  Betty enjoyed entertaining her circle and the singles and is especially remembered for her singles’ New Year’s parties.  She also volunteered at the Network of Community Ministries and other organizations in the community. She always maintained her wonderful sense of humor through her final years battling Alzheimer’s disease.

Betty is survived by her two sons, Mark Bayley of West Hills, California, and Bradford Bayley of Santa Barbara, California; two grandchildren, Brittany Scott of Castaic, California, and James Bayley of Santa Barbara, California; brother, Bradford H. Arthur of Greenfield, Indiana, and sister, Susan Arthur Seidel of Greenville, South Carolina.

A Celebration of Life will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday June 9, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church, 510 E. Curtis St., Simpsonville, South Carolina 29681. Pastor Cassandra Wolfe Jackson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, 3901 North Star Rd., Richardson, TX 75082, or Interfaith Housing Coalition, 5600 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75206.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to The Haven in the Village at Chanticleer who gave such tender loving care to Betty in her final 2½ years.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:14 PM

Cynthia “Susie” Severin (1958 - 2018)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:14 PM
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:14 PM

Cynthia “Susie” Severin was born on January 2, 1958, the fifth of nine children to Jean and Bob Miller in Camden, Arkansas. She grew up mostly in East Texas, graduating valedictorian of her class from Marshall High School in 1976. She followed her older brother Jim to college at Texas A&M.

It was at A&M that she met the love of her life, Bill Severin, who was Jim’s best friend and classmate.  After a short courtship, Susie and Bill married on January 7, 1978, just after Bill graduated with his bachelor’s degree. They lived on campus while Bill went on to graduate school and Susie earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting. While at A&M, Susie and Bill met a small group of Aggies who became life-long friends.  These friends and their families have been getting together at least once a year for the last 40 years.  The “get togethers” started with wedding showers, then baby showers, and then just to be together with their “extended family”.  This will be the first memorial service for one of their small group.

They moved to the Houston area where Bill began his career at Texas Instruments and Susie worked in the accounting department of a local Savings and Loan. In 1982 they had their first child, Melissa. Bill’s job changed at TI which prompted them to move to Allen in 1985. They found a welcoming church home at First Presbyterian Church of Allen and became very involved in church activities. In 1988 they were blessed with a second daughter, Alice.

When Melissa started preschool at United Methodist Church of Allen, Susie left accounting to become a preschool teacher.    In 1995, Susie was named the director of the First Presbyterian Church of Allen’s new Joyful Beginnings preschool, which she had been instrumental in conceiving and creating.   By then it was clear that she had found her calling.  Her love of working with young kids was one of her life’s great passions.

Susie managed a busy schedule between her devotion to her daughters (getting them to sports, dance, piano lessons, Girl Scouts, and more), managing the preschool, and dealing with Bill’s hectic schedule.   In addition, she was PTA president at Boyd Elementary and Girl Scout troop leader.  She served two terms on session at the church and was nominated as Volunteer of the Year for Allen.  Susie’s life was one of service, never for praise or adoration.  Sher truly had a servant heart and helped many people over the years.  As her daughters grew up, Susie went to the Allen football games to watch Melissa in the drill team and to Alice’s basketball games. 

In 1998, Bill and Susie moved to Lucas where they designed and had built their dream house. Melissa and Alice graduated from Allen High School and made their Mother very proud as they also graduated from college and began careers of their own. In 2004, Melissa married Byron Foote and followed her mother’s tradition of working with kids, becoming a second-grade teacher in Allen.

In 2005, Bill and Susie moved their church membership to Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, becoming active members. Susie continued her service to children by becoming a member of the North Star Learning Center board at Canyon Creek. She also serviced as a deacon at the church.

In 2009 her first grandchild, Emma, was born followed by two grandsons – Logan in 2012 and Asher in 2013. After 20 years’ service, Susie retired from the preschool director position to stay home and take care of her grandkids. 2018 started as a joyous year with the celebration of Bill and Susie’s 40th wedding anniversary and Alice’s wedding to Eric Burgett.

Susie always cherished a deep love of family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, reading novels, sewing, and gardening. She unexpectedly passed away after a very brief illness on May 7, 2018.

Susie was preceded in death by her father, Bob Miller and her older sister Dorothy Ann who died shortly after birth.  She is survived by her mother Jean Miller; her devoted husband Bill; daughters Melissa (and Byron) Foote and Alice (and Eric) Burgett; grandchildren Emma, Logan, and Asher Foote; brothers Bob, Jim and Chris Miller and their families; sisters Carol Warren, Patti Harrison, Angie Simpson, and Dee Tuma and their families; and a beautiful extended family and her many friends whom she held over the years. 

Susie’s sudden passing leaves her loving family and friends grieving for their loss but grateful for her impact on their lives and for their memories of her, especially her welcoming heart and her natural proclivity to put the needs of others before her own.

Her memorial service will take place on Saturday, May 19 at 10:30 at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, 3901 North Star Road, Richardson, Texas, 75082.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts to Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church.

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